According to the ECHO, Liverpool are ‘open’ to the prospect of offloading defender Nathaniel Clyne before the 11 pm transfer deadline.
The former Southampton defender has returned to first-team training following an ACL injury sustained earlier in pre-season.
Clyne, 28, is yet to feature at all this season for Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders with his most recent appearance for the European champions occurring in December 18 during the 3-1 victory against Manchester United.
The gargantuan rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold alongside Clyne’s long-term injury woes have seen the former England international fall far below in Klopp’s defensive pecking order.
Clyne made the switch from Southampton to Liverpool in a £12.5m [BBC Sport] move back in 2015. He clocked up 103 appearances for the Reds during a five-year spell scoring 2 goals whilst registering five assists.
The Guardian reports that West Ham are amongst those potentially interested in the former Bournemouth defender. His recent loan move with the Cherries 12 months ago didn’t result in a permanent deal and the Reds are happy to allow Clyne to leave on deadline day as he attempts to kick-start a career that has faltered since the summer of 2017.
What RTK has to say
Clyne has proven to be one of the most consistent right-backs in the Premier League over the previous five years.
It wasn’t too long ago Clyne was the first choice option in the England national team’s defensive set-up and was widely considered one of the best full-backs in the country.
However, Clyne lacks imagination going forward and his defensive mindset didn’t match with Klopp’s philosophy of deploying two high-press, counter-attacking full-backs.
Alexander-Arnold is only 21 years of age and has already made 13 more appearances than Clyne in a shorter window for his boyhood club. The Ballon d’Or nominee has recorded 32 assists for Liverpool since his league debut in 2017 – that’s 27 more than Clyne!
Clyne has proven to be a shrewd signing from the Reds and was a highly rated player amongst the fans. The sad reality is that the Premier League champions-elect have outgrown the frozen out Liverpool defender.